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BJES Back to School Letter and Information
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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BJES Learning Community,


Welcome to Ben Johnson Elementary School and the 2017-2018 school year.  BJES has adopted the theme this year of “Believe in You”. At BJES, we believe that students can truly achieve anything, but one of the first steps to achieving their dreams is believing in themselves. We truly believe in our students and learning community, and we want our students to truly reach for the stars and never settle for less than their very best. BJES will continue in striving to meet the individual needs of every child, while having high expectations for instruction and maintaining a warm and inviting environment. 


At BJES, we believe parents are our children's first and most important teachers, we need your cooperation and involvement to provide them with the best education possible.  We encourage our parents to take time to talk with your children about their school experiences. Every day, children will be encouraged to tell their parents three things they learned at school. Your interest and concern in their school progress will motivate them to do their best. Maintain contact with your children's teachers and with me.  Ask questions and communicate concerns so that we can build a partnership which will ensure student success. Working together, anything is possible!


We also invite you to register via the BJES website for the NotifyMe text and email notification system and Class Dojo. There, you can receive newsletters, emails, and notifications of school closings or early dismissals.  We encourage you to volunteer at school.  If you are interested in volunteering, please call Christina Meredith with the Family Resource Center at 756-3070.  Parent volunteerism is vital to student success at BJES.


The Ben Johnson Parent Teacher Organization is an integral partner in our successful school program.  They generously provide us with funds to support our educational efforts.  They show appreciation to the students and staff in various ways during the year.  Please join us this year and support our Parent Teacher Organization.



The BJES faculty and staff are ready to serve you. If you have any questions, then please feel free to call the school office at 756-3070.  It is important for the educational success of your child and this school to maintain open and clear lines of communication. The 2017-2018 school year will be a year where we truly want to instill in our students to believe they truly can achieve anything, but the first step is to believe in themselves. GO WILDCATS!




Michael Broadbent, BJES Principal


“Our only limitations exist in our expectations.

If we believe it, then we can achieve it.”


Upcoming Scheduled Events


Aug     3          Back to School Open House            4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Aug.    10        Teachers’ Opening Day

Aug.    11        First Day of School for Students

Oct.     27        BJES Fall Festival                            4:00 P.M.


2017-2018 SBDM Council Members


                                               Michael Broadbent

           Teacher Members                                            Parent Members

                Kim Dyer                                                        Jordanna Pike

             Angela Lucas                                                  Shawna Amstutz

             Kaitlin Riggs                                                                          


Monthly SBDM Council Meetings

Second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 P.M. in the

BJES Conference Room


2017-2018 PTO Officers

 PTO President                        Jordanna Pike

 Vice-President                       Ashley Tucker

 Secretary                                Kelly Forsythe

 Treasurer                                Emily Smiley


Monthly PTO Meetings

Third Tuesday of each month at 4:30 P.M. in the

BJES Cafeteria


We welcome your participation and support during the school year and solicit yourmembership in the PTO, SBDM Committees, and the BJES Volunteer Program.





You are welcome to visit our school anytime.  The school will be open at 7:15 A.M.   At 3:00 P.M. students who are being picked up from school will be dismissed.  Visitors need to use the front parking lot and the main entrance.  For our students’ safety when you are picking up or dropping off your students, please do not leave your vehicle unattended along the sidewalk. If you wish to come in, park in one of the parking spaces. Help us keep your children safe.

In order to maintain a safe environment for all of our students, it is required that all visitors, including parents and volunteers/chaperones, follow the visitor’s policy posted on the front door and in the front lobby. 


The visitor’s policy is as follows:  All visitors and parents must report to the office to sign in.  If a visitor needs to go to another part of the building, then he/she will be issued a visitor’s pass and asked to sign his/her name electronically on the visitor’s log in the office.  When the visitor leaves the school, he/she needs to return the pass to the office and log out. 


***NOTE – All visitors and parents must be able to show picture ID when entering the school.



Ben Johnson Elementary School

Faculty & Staff



Wanda Stevenson                    Kindergarten

Valerie Clark                            Kindergarten/1st Grade

Carol Butler                             1st Grade

Misty Hall                                2nd Grade

Jill Chandler                            2nd Grade

Brittany Fowler                       3rd Grade

Tia Smith                                 3rd Grade

Emily Priddy                            4th Grade

Jaclyn Renfro                          4th Grade

Kaitlin Riggs                            5th Grade

Angela Lucas                           Resource Teacher

Sheila Stinnett                        Resource Teacher

Becky Thompson                     Speech Pathologist

Brendan Whitworth                 Librarian/Media Specialist

Sarah Rotramel                       Music/Dance Teacher

D.J. Riggs                                 P.E. Teacher


Special Services

Emily Seeger                            School Psychologist

Brianne Lawalin                       Occupational Therapist

Valerie O’Reilly                       Technical Support

Christina Meredith                    Family Resource Coordinator

Terri Haycraft                  Gifted & Talented Coordinator/Teacher          



Kim Willis                                Teacher

Mary Lou Greenwell                Instructional Assistant


Custodial Staff

Valerie Mattingly                     Custodian

Andy Himmelhaver                  Custodian


Support Staff

Paula Whitworth                      Secretary/Bookkeeper

Kim Carman                            Instructional Assistant

Kathy Henning                         Instructional Assistant

Brenda Hinton                          Instructional Assistant

Ashley Radaszewski                 Instructional Assistant


Cafeteria Staff

Nancy Laslie                            Manager/Cook

Shermalene Tucker                   Cashier

Greta Hinton                            Assistant Cook

Mary Potts                                Assistant Cook


Administrative Staff

D.J. Riggs                                 Counselor

Kim Dyer                                 Curriculum Specialist

Michael Broadbent                   Principal




Students should dress appropriately for school.  The following guidelines will be observed:


  • No revealing tops.
  • No shirts that expose the stomach or back
  • No clothing, which contains vulgarity or advertises alcohol, drugs, or tobacco
  • No caps or hats may be worn in the building except on designated days.
  • No bandanas may be worn or carried except on designated days.
  • No undergarments may be exposed.
  • All shorts and pants will be worn at the waist.  Shorts and skirts will be at a respectable length. 
  • Time change (spring/fall) will determine when students start/stop wearing shorts.
  • Backpacks are to be of the type worn on the back (no rolling backpacks).
  • Discretion will be used in determining what is appropriate concerning student appearance and questions will be referred to the office.
  • Any article of clothing, accessories, tattoos, symbols, and/or make up that are affiliated with an organized gang are prohibited. A list of prohibited clothing and accessories is on file in the Principal’s office and may be obtained at any time.

Gym shoes are required in P.E. for safety.  Please do not send your child to school in backless shoes or platform shoes because they are unsafe both for P.E. and playground activities.


If a child is wearing inappropriate clothing, he/she will be provided with clothing from the Family Resource clothes closet.


Expectations while visiting BJES – We expect our students to abide by a dress code that does not distract the learning process; therefore, we expect all visitors to dress appropriately when visiting BJES because we want to be sure to set a good example for all students.  The following lists those expectations:

1)      No revealing tops.

2)      No logos advertising alcohol or illegal products or displaying derogatory & inappropriate comments.

3)      Shoes and shirt must be worn at all times.

4)      Please dress in a way that sets a positive example for our students. 

Anyone dressed inappropriately will be asked to leave until their appearance is appropriate for our student body.



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